Auburn's men's basketball team ventures into Atlantic Coast Conference territory today to take on Boston College and its stable of 3-point shooters. Tipoff at Conte Forum is set for 3 p.m. CST.
Frankie Sullivan averages 20 points per game for Auburn/Todd Van Emst photo
Auburn coaches saw plenty of the Eagles last weekend when both played in the Charleston (S.C.) Classic. Auburn (2-2) went 1-2 in the tournament with a win over host College of Charleston and losses to Murray State and Dayton. Boston College (1-3), running the Princeton offense under third-year coach Steve Donahue, went 0-3, losing to College of Charleston, No. 16 Baylor and Dayton.
The extra scouting time, third-year coach Tony Barbee said, was valuable.
“It helped a lot to see it live," Barbee said. "You pretty much got a sense of what they like to do, but it is still hard to prepare. It doesn't make it any easier to defend that Princeton offense. We have our work cut out for us, and we look forward to going up there and playing well."
Boston College took 56 3-point shots in its last two games in the Charleston Classic, hitting 9-of-23 in a losing effort against Dayton.
Despite suffering a laceration on his right arm that required 20 stitches, senior Auburn guard Frankie Sullivan continued his hot-scoring ways in the tournament and averages 20 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. Center Rob Chubb averages 9.3 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Ryan Anderson, a 6-foot-8 sophomore forward, leads Boston College with 22.7 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He did not play in the loss to College of Charleston.
“It is a challenge because they have a 7-foot center (Dennis Clifford), who can step out and shoot 3's," Barbee said. "You have to be there on them. It is difficult to get your bigs out there to defend them, but it is another challenge that I am sure our bigs will be ready to take on."
The Tigers, with six newcomers getting playing time, were disappointed that they didn't win more in Charleston, Barbee said. But he said the lessons they learned in defeat will be valuable.
“Of course, our guys are disappointed," Barbee said. "We wanted to win all three games. We came back 1-2, so our guys are ready to get on the drawing board. The younger guys got a feel of what it is like to play at this level. I think they are ready to gear up for Boston College and be ready to move forward."